Microsoft warns Internet Explorer users of vulnerability

Using Internet Explorer? Better hold off for a while as Microsoft tries to release a patch for a vulnerability in their Internet Explorer that could allow remote code execution. A new zero-day vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer 6 and 7 is being used in target attacks. In these attacks, people receive emails with a link pointing to a page, which determines if a visitor is using Internet Explorer 6 and 7. If so, the script transfers the visitor unknowingly to the page hosting the exploit where malware is downloaded and runs on their computer without any user interaction. The vulnerability allows for any remote program to be executed without the end user’s notice. There’s no IE update yet but Microsoft made a couple of workarounds available for this vulnerability. More info can be found in Microsoft Security Advisory. Got word from Symantec that users of their security tools are protected from this exploit by not allowing the malware to be downloaded. Related posts: Symantec launches Norton Everywhere to support all internet devices Norton released AntiVirus and Internet Security 2011 Try the Norton 360 Version 5.0 Beta for free Symantec launches Norton 360 version 4.0, much lighter, faster and better What are “Poisoned” Search Results and How Can We Fight Them? Internet Explorer 9, Better and...

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Transcend brings SATA speed to its CompactFlash Cards

In the world of professional digital photography/videography, the faster the write-speed of the card, the faster you can take huge photos or HD videos. Transcend tends to address the need for speed of CF cards by coming up with their own speedy CF cards called CFast cards. The new CFast cards integrate the rapid, more robust SATA interface into the existing CF card form factor, greatly improving performance from the current and slower ATA/IDE interface-based CF cards. It retains the same size but it can deliver transfer rates of up to 108MB/s. With built-in StaticDataRefresh and EarlyRetirement technologies, these CFast cards are able to correct data errors, ensure data reliability, and extend the lifespan of their flash memory cells. Now all we need is a CFast card compatible digital camera and a SATA-based CF card reader hooked up to your PC to maximize transfer rate from these CFast cards. Unfortunately, this solution is made for industrial-grade applications. It won’t reach mainstream anytime soon unless we see compatible devices popping up. Transcend’s CFast cards are being offered in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities. Related posts: Dell Recalls 4 Million Laptop Batteries Asus Eee PC Seashell 1015PE wins “Green” award at Computex 2010 Intel breathes new life to the netbook scene with Atom N550 HP intros entry-level notebook, the stylish G Series Western Digital’s USB 3.0 external hard drives are here ASUS Lamborghini Eee PC is the most pricey Eee PC in the...

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Want your iTunes music into your non-Apple device? Try DoubleTwist

Have you heard of DoubleTwist? It’s a free software that allows you to sync your iTunes stuff into your non-Apple device. Come to think of it, how many of you use iTunes to manage your mp3? And have you ever thought about putting your iTunes music into your BlackBerry? Or your Nokia phone? I’ve been using it recently to sync music from my iTunes into my Android phone (Samsung Galaxy 5) since I don’t always bring my iPod Touch with me. For Android phones, it’s the iTunes equivalent. You can download Android apps with it, podcasts, create playlists or import music playlists or video from iTunes then sync everything into your phone. It worked for the Samsung Galaxy 5, transferring my playlists, mp3s with album art and all into the microSD of my phone. Man, this would make the Samsung Kies and other phone-specific media management software irrelevant aside from updating firmware. This iTunes rip-off is not just for Android phones. You can also use DoubleTwist to sync your iTunes media into your Nokia N and E series phones, BlackBerry and even on the PSP and Kindle. For a list of compatible devices, click here. But it wouldn’t hurt to try it on phones not listed there. I also wrote a step-by-step guide on how I transferred my iTunes music into my Samsung Galaxy 5. Related posts: Nokia to buy Symbian, goes Open Source RIM offers BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express free of charge Traveling with WorldMate Live for BlackBerry Twitter for BlackBerry is now in public...

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Western Digital My Book Essential 3TB (USB3.0) Review

Oct 30, 10 Western Digital My Book Essential 3TB (USB3.0) Review

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The latest My Book Essential 3TB is part of the latest breeds of external hard drive from Western Digital. It supports SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology which translates to faster file access and transfer for computers that supports USB 3.0. Keep in mind that it is backward compatible for computers with USB 2.0 connections as well. Design The WD My Book Essential has a compact, simple and sleek design, though its glossy finish could easily collect fingerprints. It has ample ventilation on the sides to make sure that the device does not heat up. The power button is located at the back which can be impractical especially if the device is positioned against the wall or other hard-to-reach areas. WD SmartWare Other than its main draw which is the 3TB capacity and USB 3.0 support, the WD My Book Essential external drive is bundled with the usual WD SmartWare which is also available in other WD external drives. This software allows automatic backup and synchronization of files and the ability to password protect files. Performance Pros with the WD My Book Essential include: It runs silently It goes on idle when not in use (to prevent heating further) It automatically turns off in sync with the computer A speed test was also accomplished to compare the WD My Book Essential USB 3.0 with a USB 2.0 hard drive. The test was done on a machine running Windows 7 computer wherein a huge number of files are to be copied to the external drives: 5 GB folder full of MP3s Device Seconds to copy Speed My Book Essential 3.0 142 35 MB/s Hard disk 2.0 342 14.6 MB/s 3 GB raw video file Device Seconds to copy Speed My Book Essential 3.0 63 48 MB/s Hard disk 2.0 136 22 MB/s The WD My Book Essential is roughly around 2-3 times faster than USB 2.0 drives, though there are other factors that may affect file transfer speed such as CPU usage and load. Reliability is yet...

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Mobile security, how important is it to you?

I attended this press briefing by Juniper Networks yesterday where they talked about their Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite. It’s not an app solution for your mobile security but more of something that our local carrier can integrate into their service. The question is, how important is mobile security to us Filipinos? Even with the emergence and popularity of smartphones these days, there’s not much buzz yet about virus infecting handsets so there’s little to no demand for a mobile antivirus. However, with the Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite, other security features aside from antivirus are available and some I think will be really important for a lot of people. Remote backup and restore allows you to backup your phone’s content and restore it to a completely different phone. You can also wipe your device remotely which is pretty helpful if you have sensitive information on your lost phone. Device locator. Most phones today have built-in GPS and with this service, you can still locate your phone when you lost it or have it stolen. Parental Controls. You can monitor and control your kid’s mobile phone activities, call logs, SMS messages, etc. It might freak your kid out but some parents are just that paranoid. Anti-spam can screen and block unwanted solicitation messages. Personally, the most useful service for a smartphone consumer like me would be a way to control the device remotely. By wiping my stolen phone remotely, I don’t need to change all account passwords that were stored in my device. Check out some stats regarding mobile threats to consumers: With business phones also being used as a personal device, companies should also consider having security measures for mobile devices they that roll out. Junos Pulse is also available for enterprise having their own mobile solution. Unfortunately, this type of solution is not yet offered here in our country. Talks between Juniper and our telcos are still on its infancy stage. But if our local carriers would be including this as add-on...

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Beware of Facebook hijackers when using public WiFi networks

Here in Metro Manila you can access a lot of free and open wireless networks in heavily populated areas such as malls, cafes, restaurants and hotels. There are drawbacks in using these handy services and one of them is what you call http session hijacking or “sidejacking”. In sidejacking, sniffers can ride into your unsecured http sessions like Facebook and Twitter and gain access to your account. These sites require login over unsecured protocol and those credentials are stored in cookies which are then made available over the network. People can’t know your password but they can hijack your Facebook session and do all sorts of nasty things like put “I suck” as your status. Eric Butler, a US web application developer, created this plugin called FireSheep that allows anyone using Firefox over a public wireless network to sniff http sessions and trick the website into giving access to the session without asking for passwords. He created this plugin to force popular networking sites out there like Facebook to use secure HTTP (https) when logging in, similar to what email and payment services are using. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a secured network or not as along as it’s public and you don’t know who else are on the same network, avoid using Facebook and other unsecured sensitive sites. If you just need to tweet on Twitter, practice logging out afterwards. Or use your own 3G connection if you can. Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc… please upgrade your security. [GMANews.tv] Related posts: No related...

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Lenovo H320 offers a compact desktop PC solution for your home

Filipinos are known for building their own desktop PC (or sometimes called a clone) from ground up rather than buying a branded premade one. It’s economical but one of the major disadvantage if you’re not much of a tech person is that once it breaks down, it’s hard to get reliable support for it. If you’re looking for a new space-saving desktop PC for your living room but prefer the traditional one over the the new All-In-One PCs, check out the Lenovo H320. It’s a desktop PC that would meet all your needs in one compact setup. The Lenovo H320 has some kickass configuration: up to Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, up to ATI Radeon HD 5570 1GB graphics complete with DirectX 11, 8GB DDR3 memory, up to 1TB HDD storage, an Integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi plus Integrated DVD or Blu-ray Disc drive and front-mounted USB2.0 connectors with 8in1 card reader for easy access. I really dig the integrated WiFi especially now with more homes already having a WiFi network setup. For support, there are a lot of reliable service centers out there if your one year warranty runs out. Or you can simply use the OneKey recovery feature that is popular and was handy in Lenovo laptops. This Lenovo H320 is now available with a starting price of Php39,900 for the basic configuration (Core i3 processor). Related posts: No related...

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ASUS Lamborghini Eee PC is the most pricey Eee PC in the market

ASUS just introduced their most expensive netbook yet, the Lamborghini Eee PC VX6. This uniquely crafted 12-inch netbook (I don’t know why they still coin it a netbook) was a result of a co-branding and cooperation of netbook leader ASUS and supercar maker Automobil Lamborghini. Not expected to be in the same class as other Eee PCs, the ASUS Lamborghini EeePC VX6 sports a dual-core Intel Atom D525, NVIDIA ION discrete graphics with NVIDIA Optimus technology and ICEpower audio by Bang & Olufsen. It also features USB 3.0 ports. This Eee PC VX6 takes its design cues from the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 roadster. It offers advanced ergonomics, including an isolated, quiet-action keyboard and soft touch palm rests. Exterior panels use durable and stylish brushed metal. The Lamborghini Eee PC VX6 can be bought on per order basis for Php44,995 and it comes with an ASUS ODD, ASUS-Lamborghini Eee PC WX6 Mouse and a matching Eee PC VX6 sleeve. Visit any ASUS concept stores for your orders. So would you get one of these or buy a real notebook instead? ASUS-LAMBORGHINI Eee PC VX6 Specs: 12.1 inch LED backlit WXGA HD screen (1366×768) Genuine Microsoft Windows® 7 (dual operating systems with Express Gate Cloud) Intel® Atom™ D525 (dual core, 1.8GHz)/Intel® NM10 NVIDIA ION2 (N11M-PT2) with 512MB GDDR3 DDR3 SO-DIMM 1GB/2GB/4GB 250GB/320GB hard drive + 500GB ASUS WebStorage WLAN: 802.11b/g/n and b/g 2.4GHz Bluetooth 3.0 6-cell Li-ion, 2.6Ah (57.72W/hour), 6 hour battery life 1.3 megapixel webcam Stereo speakers, Bang & Olufsen ICEpower technology 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x LAN RJ-45, 2 x audio jack Card reader: MMC/SD(SDXC) 1.5 kilograms (with 6 cell battery) White/black SRP starts at: Php44,995 More photos: Related posts: Asus Eee PC Seashell 1015PE wins “Green” award at Computex 2010 ASUS Eee PC 1001PQ netbook is made for tweens ASUS set to release new 12-inch Eee PCs next month Asus to launch Eee PC 900 in the Philippines HP intros entry-level notebook,...

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Palit Sonic Platinum Contest is giving away GeForce cards

When it comes to GPUs that’s ideal for gaming, Palit is one of the brands hardcore gamers recommend. If you don’t have the moolah to spend on a high-end graphics card, joining a contest is the next best thing you can do. Palit is having a photo contest where they will be giving away graphics cards to 3 winners. This contest is open worldwide so the competition may be a bit stiff. E-mail a Palit-themed picture to [email protected] It must be no larger than 800×600 resolution and 2MB in file size. Allowed extensions are .jpg, .gif, .tif, and .png. You can take a picture or create one from scratch, but it must be original (not copyrighted, duplicated, altered, etc.) Funny, unique, and/or interesting pictures have the best chance of winning. Ex.: A picture of a Palit jack-o-lantern, a street named Palit, a Palit video card in a tricked out rig. Last day to turn in is on November 11, 2010 and prizes are as follows: 1st Prize: Two (2) Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum GPUs 2nd Prize: One (1) Palit GTS 450 Sonic Platinum GPU 3rd Prize: One (1) Palit GT 430 GPU (new release!) You can check out the official contest page for more details including a Facebook contest for US and Canada residents. Related posts: NVIDIA launches fastest GPU in the planet StarCraft II recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX...

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Apple refreshes the MacBook Air, adds 11.6-inch model

Biggest news of the day for Apple fans would be the thinner, new MacBook Air. MacBook Airs I mean since you can now choose between the 13.3-inch Air and its smaller brother, the 11.6-inch version. If you thought that the first MacBook Air can’t get any thinner, guess again as these new Airs are thinner (2 mm thinner) and lighter with a unibody construction. The new MacBook Air also has the buttonless multitouch trackpad following the rest of the MacBook line as well as another USB port. As for the power? Apple decided to stay with the Intel Core 2 Duo instead of the newer Core i3s or i5s. The 11.6-inch model has the ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo though (SU9400). Both models gets NVIDIA 320m graphics processor which is the same one they had inside the MacBook Pro. Hard drive was replaced with a Solid State Drive (SSD) for better handling, faster startups and longer battery life. With no optical drives, Apple graciously included a thumb drive for Mac OS X and iLife install incase you need to do a restore. MacBook Air 2010 Specs and Price: 11-inch MacBook Air 13-inch MacBook Air 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 memory 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 memory NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory 64GB, 128GB flash storage 128GB, 256GB flash storage WiFi 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1 Multi-Touch trackpad Multi-Touch trackpad Up to 5 hours wireless productivity Up to 7 hours wireless productivity Php51,990 (64GB), Php61,990 (128GB) Php67,990 (128GB), Php83,990 (256GB) Related posts: MacBook Pro family gets an upgrade from Apple HP intros entry-level notebook, the stylish G Series Dell Recalls 4 Million Laptop Batteries MSI-ECS opens its first service center in Taguig Apple’s new iPods are already out in the market ASUS set to release new 12-inch Eee...

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